Build a fire break by removing flammable materials within a 10-m radius.

Leave 5 m between your trees and prune off branches from the ground up to 2 m.

Choose non-flammable materials such as sheet metal or bricks for your walls.

Equip your chimney or wood stove with a fire screen to protect against sparks.

Choose a roof made of metal or fibreglass.

Mission

Optimize forest fire protection to ensure the sustainability of the forest environment for the good of the community, and to do so at the lowest possible cost.

The challenge is great. Each year in Quebec, an average of 486 fires affect thousands of hectares of forest in the intensive protection zone. Discover each of the sectors that make SOPFEU a unique company in Canada.

Suppression

An initial attack with a strike force greater than the fire's potential is the key to a successful suppression operation. In Quebec, the amphibious water bomber is the preferred initial attack tool because it is not only fast, but can also be used on the province's numerous lakes and rivers. The role of this aircraft is to promptly stop the fire in its tracks.

Very quickly, firefighters join them to mop up the fire. Attack crews, often brought in by helicopter, use equipment such as water pumps, hoses, manual tools and heavy machinery to stop and completely extinguish a fire.


 

Objective : To extinguish the fire before it burns a maximum of three hectares.